Sunday, 19 September 2021


Our lake organization, Friends of Sebago Lake, had the great fortune and honor to host the nations leading Great Lake's lake wetland scientist, Dr. Douglas Wilcox. The goal was to survey Sebago Lake's wetlands and initiate research to determine impacts of unnatural water level regulation on Sebago Lake's wetland ecosystem and water quality. Point of View Helicopter Services came to our rescue and worked with Dr. Wilcox to aerially photograph the many wetlands of this 47 square mile lake. POV Helicopter Services served as a vital catalyst in building our new understanding of the impacts of unnatural regulation on lake wetlands. The resulting photographs have been an invaluable assessment and educational tool.

Roger Wheeler, President-Friends of Sebago Lake

Dear Ed,

I want to send you a big Thanks for being so generous and kind to my brother, Jon. He is the most special person in my life, and I could not think of a more wonderful gift for his 60th birthday than sending him up into the sky to look down on beauty, and then return safely to the heart of our family. He had a great time, he tells me. Today I am heading over to his place to take a look at some of his 200 photos! Enjoy the season. I have a long history in community theater in Washington, DC. The closest vision and mission that matches what I experienced there is embodied in Al Miller and his Theater Project.

Pasha H.

Dear Ed,

Thank you for giving my sister and I a ride in your helicopter. It was very generous considering the price of fuel these days. Also, thank you for devoting your time to fly us around and explain things to us.

The helicopter ride will probably be a once in a lifetime experience for me that I will never forget. It was an amazing time riding and landing in the Bay and flying next to an eagle.

Once again, thank you so much for everything you have done for us. All in all, it was a fun adrenaline filled ride. Thank you.


Kai D.
Soccer player for the Oneonta Storm

Because of an environmental problem with a gravel pit along the Kennebec River, I had the opportunity to meet Ed Friedman. As time went on our friendship grew. The common thread that has bound us as friends is that we both have the same desire to protect Maine's natural environment.

As chance would have it, Ed called me one morning to ask if I would like to fly in his helicopter, an invitation I quickly accepted. He picked me up at the Augusta Airport and we flew to Skowhegan checking out gravel pits, dams, and farming operations along the river. On our return flight we flew over the Great Sidney Bog, a six hundred acre raised bog created by the last ice-age. I took many photos of the Sidney Bog from the little "Bee".

It was then that I realized what a great platform the helicopter was for taking photos. The helicopter provides an opportunity to hover over any spot and be able to study an environmental problem or inspect bird nesting and wildlife areas.

Because of the photos that I took of the Sidney bog from Ed's helicopter, the Augusta City Council purchased one hundred acres of the bog to add to the hundred acres they already owned. Thanks to Point of View Helicopter Service and Ed's flying skills, the City of Augusta now owns two-hundred acres of the six hundred acre bog that has been set aside to be protected forever from peat mining and other encroachment by man.

I would recommend Ed Friedman's Point of View Helicopter Service for any environmental study or monitoring project.

Dave Gomeau
Master Arborist
Augusta, ME

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